It may have started as a passing international headline back in April, but the horrible kidnappings of schoolgirls in Nigeria has turned into one of the biggest news stories as influential women and public figures take up the cause. The kidnapping of nearly 300 female students by the Boko Haram terrorist group, has brought attention to the empowerment of women and girls worldwide through educational opportunity, in much the same way the Malala shooting in Pakistan did back in 2012.
For the first time, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the White House weekly address this past Saturday as a tribute to Mother’s Day and as a way to reinforce the U.S.’s official support of Nigerian police forces and government in addressing this crisis.
Stressing the determination and drive these girls have to get an education and improve their lives, the First Lady speaks from the heart as a mother of two young daughters.
Leveraging Tech for Empowerment
And while governments and nations flex their political muscles in support of education and equal opportunity for women and girls around the world, tech and internet startups are also doing their bit to provide women with opportunities.
The SmartWoman Project looks to connect affluent women from developed countries through mobile technology with women from developing countries for a $5 monthly fee. The fee helps to pay for mobile access for these women in the developing world by providing them daily learning SMS messages on health, entrepreneurship, and relationships among other topics.
Here at Womenalia, the first global social media network for professional women, we want to help women around the world realize their professional dreams with the community support and resources they need to define their own success and achieve their career goals. If you haven't already explored our career and entrepreneurship sections be sure to add it to your to do list this week!
National Small Business Week
The Small Business Association is also doing their bit to promote growth for the 7.8 million small businesses owned by women in the U.S.. Be sure to check out the various events and initiatives they have planned like the online panel “How Can Technology and Collaboration Drive More Sales for Small Businesses?” in collaboration with PayPal. Learn about the latest technology trends and best practices to help your small business increase sales, streamline operations and improve the customer experience.
And especially for Women-Owned businesses, check out the ChallengeHer Events on federal opportunities and how to win federal contracts!
Upcoming ChallengeHER Events:
ChallengeHER — New York, NY
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | 8am – 12pm
ChallengeHER — Forum with USDA
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 | 8am – 12pm
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